Pastor Appreciation Day/Month


October is Pastor Appreciation Month and October 12, 2014 is Pastor Appreciation Day. Pastor Appreciation should be more than just a designated event on the calendar. The focus of this positive, faith based website is to challenge churches and congregations to honor and encourage pastors throughout the year.

Pastor Appreciation Day History

Clergy Appreciation Month began in 1992 as a way to encourage congregations to show their appreciation, love and support for their pastors. This affirmation can provide new life and energy for a pastor who may be dealing with burnout, disillusionment, frustration, isolation, or stress. Because pastors are often “on call” around the clock, special recognition for the work they do is more than called for.

Pastor Appreciation Ideas

Pastor Appreciation Day/Month is a great opportunity for individuals and the church, as a whole, to show love and appreciation for their pastor. Using tangible “thank you” ideas to express gratitude is a special way to honor the clergy and thank their devoted family members. Here are some suggestions to put to use during pastor appreciation month.

  1. Pray for your pastor.
  2. Plan a special banquet. Invite a guest speaker and prepare a program that fits the personality of your pastor. A “This Is Your Life” DVD or celebrity-style roast are two pastor appreciation ideas that are both personal and lighthearted.
  3. Creatively communicate words of encouragement to your pastor for his or her service to God and the Church.
  4. Take special care to listen and respond to your pastor’s sermons.
  5. Listen to the Pastor Appreciation Day Speech and share your points with your pastor.
  6. Team up with your local Christian bookstore or radio station to recognize and honor your pastoral families with activities involving your faith based community.
  7. Send the Pastor Appreciation Day gifts basket which includes thoughtful gifts for your pastor’s kids and your pastor’s wife.
  8. Be aware of the unique needs of the pastor’s children by providing financial help for camp, youth group retreats or missionary trips.
  9. Surprise you pastor and spouse with a cruise or vacation package to a special destination you’ve heard them talk about.
  10. Invite them to a dinner or party with your family and friends.

Personalized Pastor Gifts

There are many different types of personalized pastor appreciation gifts available this Clergy Appreciation Month, the most popular being a crystal pastor plaque. Customize a hand-crafted Pastor Appreciation Day plaque with engraved appreciation wording like a poem or a meaningful quote. This type of personalized gift is becoming trend at during Pastor Appreciation Month 2014.

Pastor Appreciation Gift

Pastor Anniversary Tribute

Resembling the shape of a bible, the Crystal Book makes a unique anniversary tribute rejoicing with those celebrating pastor anniversaries. The praying hands on the left symbolizes the pastor’s devotion and commitment to the people he shepherds. There is ample…

Pastor's Wife Gift

Pastor’s Wife Gift

Giving acknowledgement to a pastor’s wife is an essential but often neglected part of pastor appreciation. It is important to also recognize the efforts & sacrifices of pastor’s wives. The Crystal Book is a tribute that offers both verbal encouragement and sincere …

Pastor Thank You PlaqueThank You Pastor Gift

The appreciation memento is highlighted by the praying hands on top, symbolizing the pastor’s commitment to the people he/she shepherds. The base is engraved with a scripture from Ephesians 4:11-12, which reads in part: “It was He who gave some to be apostles, …… , so…

Pastor Appreciation AwardPastor Appreciation Award

Let the light of your faith shine. The radiant cross reflects throughout the crystal giving it a spiritual effect. This Trinity Award can be personalized for a range of pastor appreciation …

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Top 15 Pastor Ordination Gifts

The ordination is traditionally a joyous time of celebration, full of warm sentiments and affection and celebrated with pastor ordination card/letterpoems or songs. This article will give you ideas for personalized pastor ordination gifts so you can show your appreciation and support.

If you have this friend or loved one who is coming up on their pastor ordination service, choosing an appropriate ordination gift for them is essential. Here are the top 15 pastor ordination gift ideas for your reference:

1. Crystal Pastor Ordination Gift

Nothing can match crystal which has come to symbolize the Holy Spirit for a pastor. Commemorate ordination or installation with a unique crystal plaque. Featuring details from the service, it is a wonderful appreciation idea to honor those being ordained into ministry.

2. Crystal Cathedral Plaque

Commemorate ordination or installation with a striking custom-created Crystal Cathedral Plaque. This unique gift, featuring a unique gothic arch design, is a wonderful way to mark the very special occasion.

Personalized with name of the individual being ordained along with words of encouragement taken from Romans 10:15 combined with your personal sentiment make this a truly special keepsake. It is sure to be cherished for years to come.

3. Engraved Chalice

The chalice is a beautiful shape, symbolizing the vessel of Christ. Chalice is also a Catholic development organization working to alleviate the effects of poverty in the developing world. Choose an engraved chalice as ordination gift for your pastor and the gesture will resonate on many levels.

4. Bible

It is the most popular text on earth and is considered the voice of God for many. Consider giving your pastor a Bible from a different translation. A pastor is a licensed minister who is primarily in charge of the spiritual growth of church members. Giving a pastor books to continue his or her spiritual growth will encourage that pastor to continue developing the spiritual knowledge of his or her flock.

6. Christ-Themed Gifts

What kinds of gifts are related Christ? The vessels for Eucharist are a prime example. You could choose the hand-crafted pottery vessels for your pastor, which is both meaningful and practical.

As more churches have embraced the use of hand-crafted pottery vessels for Eucharist, the gift of a wheel-thrown stoneware communion set has become a wonderful choice for the seminary graduate or for a newly-ordained minister, as well as an excellent pastor ordination gift.

7. Floating Globes

Ordination is a deeply spiritual event, so choose a gift that touches the soul of pastor, such as the floating globes, great for the home or office. The floating globe will give your pastor hours and hours of inspiring wonder and amazement. Customize the floating globes with engraved inspirational quotes for an added special touch.

8. Wrist Watch

Being a Pastor is not easy work, as God’s servant must spend a lot of time and effort leading people to the Lord. Therefore, your Pastor should have a strong concept of time to do his special work. That being said, he will appreciate your gift of a personalized wrist watch.

9. Stress Reliever Fun Gadgets/Toys

Pastors get stressed out too. Despite their faith, they can experience frustrations, disappointment, disillusionment, stress, and loneliness just like the rest of us. But stress reliever toys and gadgets are good for them when they feel on edge.

10. Green Plants

The presence of green plants at home or in the office not only adds beauty to the surroundings but can also have a positive impact on a pastor’s lifestyle and thought process. Appropriate plants can make your pastor’s mood pleasant and add ease to his work process.

11. Shoes

Comfortable shoes are a great ordination gift idea that can help the pastor that you care about to live a longer and healthier life. A pastor consistently delivers sermons to uplift our souls. Pastors visit us when we are in the hospital. Pastors dedicate our babies and baptize our children. Pastors provide moral support and divine guidance through life’s transitions. So, he needs comfortable shoes to help him enjoy his busy work.

12. Claw Foot Tub

A claw foot tub allows your pastor to be able to relax in the bathtub with water that can go all the way up to his chin. What a delightful way to enjoy reading!

13. Pillow

Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for every pastor.  Their work requires them to keep up ample energy and strength. Therefore they maybe need a luxurious sleep pillow.

14. Sky Lantern

Ordination is one of the most special days your pastor will experience. If you are planning an occasion, a lot of preparation goes into ensuring your day is as special as it should be. Flowers, catering, presents, colors, table settinga, a speech, a poem and cake all need to be decided on. An added element you may want to consider to make pastor’s ordination a spectacular event is the addition of sky lanterns.

Don’t miss this beautiful ordination gift idea to highlight the pastor ordination event.

15. Ordination Message in Bottle-Best Wishes 

Send your pastor a sweet message sending him best wishes for his ordination. Try a message in a bottle for greeting your pastor. Collect many kinds ordination messages from the pastor’s wifekids, friends, parents, relatives, etc. Storing them in an antique bottle is a great touch!


Pastor’s Valentines Day Suggestion

Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is also special day for pastor and his wife.

Pastor is ordinary human beings, he often has wife and children that also need his time, attention and love as well. He also needs time for rest and recreation, he also want to celebrate the Valentines Day with his wife, just as you and I do.

But pastor and pastor’s wife always play special and great role in life, what should they to do to celebrate this special day? Your pastor may be too busy to think this, so this article arrange some useful Valentines Day suggestion to pastor or his wife and hope they will have wonderful and romantic Valentine’s Day.

Valentines Day Suggestion

a. As a pastor’s wife, your sincere support and love are important things for pastor. Choose some love gifts to show your heart is perfect.

b. Consider the hobbies or tastes of each other for appropriate gift ideas depend on your information about interests and hobbies.

c. Help he/she relieve the pressure is thoughtful and important.

d. Love can be simple, so your gifts ideas should not complex.

Valentines Day Gifts Ideas for Husband Who is a Great Pastor

Your husband – pastor is great, he points people to God, prays with human beings about their needs, counsel them through their life’s challenges and fears, consistently deliver sermons to uplift their souls, as pastor’s wife, you must be proud of this special husband, why not use Valentines Day to show your love, respect and support for him?

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17)

1. Customize a “Happy Valentine’s Day” plaque. The plaque offers ample personalization space for you to express your heartfelt appreciation and love.

2. Offer to set up the Valentine’s Day gift closet for times when the pastor needs to visit someone in the hospital. Make sure it’s stocked with nice cards shaped heart will be wonderful.

3. Send special Valentines card with different signatures from people have grown under pastor’s leadership and want to show their appreciation and love to him.

4. Create a photo album of church events and members, as well as notes of appreciation and tell husband that “I am proud of you”.

5. Put together a video/DVD of you and kids sharing your love and support for your husband.

6. Make Valentines love note of the favorite places your husband has stayed (hotels, bed and break fasts, etc). Surprise him with a note or two night stay so he can relive the romantic memories.

7. Plan Valentines trip for you and him, not only share the nature each other, but also can help him relieve his pressure.

Valentines Day Gifts Ideas for Wife Whose Husband is Pastor

In consideration of the special role of your wife – pastor’s wife, it is the prerequisite for paying more attention on appropriate pastor’s wife. It reasons then that pastor’s wife gifts should be special as well. Here are a few thoughts to help find the perfect Valentines gift ideas for your pastor’s wife.

  1. Find a stylist to donate haircuts or hair colors for wife.
  2. Say to wife, “Ok, dear, relax now, today is my turn to clean the house”.
  3. Call a local radio station to request a song to express love and appreciation.
  4. Write a letter of appreciation and love for wife and have it printed in the local paper.
  5. Give wife a homemade dinner of home-grown flowers.
  6. Choose appropriate Valentines gifts themed her dream or hobby to encourage she keeps her dream and hobby.
  7. Take her to a matinee Valentines movie while your kids are at school
  8. Roses for her dining room table.
  9. A walk in your woods with you.
  10. Write a pastor’s wife poem to show your appreciation and love.

Thank You Notes Appreciating Pastor

“Thank you, Pastor!” these are welcome words to all of us. A thank you communicates value and appreciation. Sending a thank you note to your pastor is always a lovely gesture.   While it is sometime expected, it is always appreciated.

I’m sure that when you were a child, your parents encouraged (or forced) you to write thank you notes for birthday and Christmas presents. As an adult, you should still make a point of writing a thank you note to express gratitude in a number of situations.

Dear Pastor,

Thanks for your friendship and compassion when I first visited Souls Harbor about eight years ago. The most important thing I am thankful for is that God has placed a shepherd and his wife in my family’s life. Through the years I’ve seen the dedication and love you have for people. I stand behind you both and want to do my part to carry the load. Words could never express what you mean to my family.

God bless,

Jason Smith

Dear Pastor,

We truly appreciate all the times you have stood by us; when we had deaths in our family or tough situations concerning our children. We have not forgotten when we first got to the church, all the time you invested in us, inviting us over, praying with us, spending time with us. We will always remember the time, money and work you invested in us during our house fire. You will always hold a special place in our heart. Thank you for your spiritual guidance and good advice.


Joshua Farris and family


You are just one man with only one life to live, but because of God’s love you’ve chosen to open your huge heart and live that life as our shepherd; as both a servant and a leader. Your sacrifices and hard labor are not in vain. You’ve helped us to be better people. We deeply appreciate all that you have done for us.


Mike Arnold

Dear Pastor Loraubbe,

This letter is meant to convey our sincere thanks and blessing to you and your wife during Thanksgiving. You are much more than a Pastor and Pastor’s wife; you are my family and my dearest friends! I love this family with everything within me, I would follow you both wherever you go and I count myself extremely blessed to have been placed at the Harbor under these beautiful people! I pray to God that I can be half the child of God that you are! I have never met such a selfless family in all my life, I honestly don’t know where I would be today bad it not been you and the church.


Donald Mayer

Dear Pastor,

As I have said behind the pulpit, I will tell you once again, you are the best pastor in the world. I have the utmost respect for you and your wife. You are always there when we need you. You have really helped me in my walk with God and in my ministry. I appreciate you very much and love you also.



Pastor Anniversary Letters

Don’t miss celebrate pastor anniversary to express your appreciation and care to your pastors who are some of the most wonderful people on the planet. They give of themselves sacrificially often asking nothing in return. There are many ways to show our gratitude and support to clergy. Nothing is more memorable than a unique gift, such as the anniversary letter.

Pastor Letters Celebrate Anniversary

For every pastor, he points us to God. He prays with us about our needs. He counsels us through our life’s challenges and fears. He consistently delivers sermons to uplift our souls. He visits us when we are in the hospital… He thinks all these things are his responsibility. But our recognition and change of our soul are important and meaningful for him.

Use your appreciation letter to tell him that he will always hold a special place in your heart and he has given you spiritual guidance and good advice.

Pastor Letters Celebrate AnniversaryDear Pastor,

Thanks for your friendship and compassion when I first visited Souls Harbor around 8 years ago. The most important thing I am thankful for is that God had placed a shepherd and his wife in my family’s life. Through the years I’ve seen the dedication and love you brave for people. I stand behind you both and want to do my part to carry the load. Words could never express what you mean to my family.

God bless,

Brian Tolbert

Appreciation Letters Honoring Pastor

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in world and doctrine.” Timothy 5:17

Write anniversary letter is one of great way to show your appreciation and support to your priest. And let your pastor know his valued. We are acknowledging his obedience to the call of this particular work and this congregation of souls. It is not a light responsibility nor is it as glamorous as it seems. It is a heart and unyielding burden that exemplifies his love for God, his passion for Holiness and his heart for service in the kingdom.

Appreciation Letters Honoring PastorDear Pastor Rick,

I wrote these few words mainly to tell you thanks. Pastor, I also must tell you here that we love you. See this letter is not just from me, these words reflect the caring, love, and sentiments of the entire body. We are glad to be here, and we are fortunate to be fed from the table God has prepared for you to feed His people. We also know that you love us.

God bless,

Julie Townsend

Church Letters Motivating Pastor

The Pastor’s Anniversary is an event designed for church members to celebrate the pastor’s vision for ministry and for the local body where he serves. Church letters are very cost effective, and are a great outreach tool for those working in the ministry, and establishing genuine relationships based on sincerity. Something as simple as:

Church Letters Motivating PastorDear, xxx

Hi! I wanted to write you to wish you a happy birthday. I hope

you; your family and friends will enjoy your special day together. Of course, God is thinking about you, and thinks you are special, as we here at Church do so as well. You’ve grown as a person, and you have so much more excitement coming in your life. We want to wish you a Happy Birthday!


xxx Church